Hey all! My name’s Emily, sometimes Em. I’m from the St. Louis area. I’ve been experimenting with these techniques ever since Moonwalking with Einstein came out, which I bought pretty much at publication.
I was interested in the different memory competition categories, but over the years I’ve become obsessed by only one thing: how to memorize poetry. I’m introducing myself now, even though I’ve followed this site for years, because I’m about to start on a big project and I’d like the accountability that will come by getting involved here.
The technique I’ve gradually developed since Moonwalking is to map lines of poetry onto artwork, movies, and tv shows. I find those images and the sequence of a moving picture especially works better for me than trying to find the huge number of “real” physical places I would need for mapping all of Paradise Lost (part of my project now).
I’ve gotten to where I make spreadsheets calculating down to fractions of seconds where the lines of a poem will land “on” a movie. It has worked well for me with shorter things. Now my goal is this:
I want to map all of Dante’s Commedia, all of Paradise Lost, some other work by Milton, and all of Beowulf, all in the original languages, onto the 3 currently existing seasons of my favorite TV show, True Detective.
I can’t talk about this anywhere else because I immediately sound full of myself talking about these plans, but I’m hoping here I’ll be around others who are just obsessed and fascinated by memorizing.
So. Hello! I’m looking forward to hearing about everyone else’s ideas.